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Absence of Voltage Testing - An Update on Accepted Approaches

Feb. 18, 2022
Every year there are fatalities and near misses due to electrical hazards. The most common hazard is electric shock, some 22% of electrical fatalities occur during the installation, maintenance and repair of electrical equipment.

The first step in addressing electrical risk is elimination and the risk associated with conducting an absence of voltage test is potential exposure to current carrying conductors.

This paper will discuss in detail the two options for conducting an absence of voltage test in compliance with NFPA 70E, will explain the differences between a permanently mounted test device and a permanently mounted absence of voltage tester, what is the role of UL 1436 in defining the operation and design and how a product labeled to conform to UL 1436 is the safest option for eliminating risk and conducting an absence of voltage test quickly and safely.

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